The Haiti Experiment
Hugh Locke gives a riveting firsthand account of humanitarian work in Haiti with hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean, both before and after the earthquake. The author takes us behind the scenes to see how foreign aid is not working there, and he outlines a new approach that can help Haiti rebuild while setting a new course for other developing countries to take charge of their own destiny. More
The Haiti Experiment is Hugh Locke’s fascinating and heartwarming account of his efforts to help the people of this impoverished nation. His principal companion on this journey is hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean. Together they endure triumph, heartbreak, and ultimately trial-by-media for their labors as co-founders of the charitable organization Yéle Haiti. Locke traces the roots of Haiti’s loss of economic power to key events in its history, and offers a revealing and irreverent portrait of the inner workings of global agribusiness and foreign aid. Locke had been accustomed to working with heads of state and royalty, but in Haiti, he negotiates with gangsters in the slums of Port-au-Prince, works with survivors of the tragic 2010 earthquake, and, ultimately, finds inspiration among the country’s farmers for a new approach to humanitarian assistance. Locke concludes with a bold proposal to make Haiti the site of a 10-year experiment aimed at restoring, reforesting and rebuilding the country while pioneering an innovative model for helping the people of the developing world to take charge of their own destiny.
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